Wednesday, February 4, 2009

First Bhutan refugees arrive

The first group Bhutanese refugees arrived on Tuesday. Many more are expected in the years to come

Around 160 political refugees from the tiny Asian country of Bhutan arrived in Denmark on Tuesday, reported public broadcaster DR.

The refugees are part of a group of 107,000 Bhutanese refugees who are in the process of being relocated after living in Nepal for the past 17 years. Most of the refugees are of Nepalese descent and were persecuted by the Bhutanese government, which believed that the ethnic minority was growing too quickly in Bhutan.

Denmark has agreed to accept 150 Bhutanese refugees annually for the next few years, with the US agreeing to grant asylum to approximately 60,000.

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